“Come ready to listen, to learn …. to sing, to discern …. to dance, to discuss …. to create and to pray. Come as you are, but come ready for transformation.”
– from the new SDI website for Seeking Connection 2018
Consider yourself invited.
We are very happy to open registration for our 2018 Seeking Connection conference in St. Louis. Please check out our new website - chock full of details about what’s on offer at the conference. Here’s how we describe the experience awaiting you:
“This conference will change your life -- whether you are a spiritual director or simply someone who wants to nurture Spirit in their lives.
It’s not just the remarkable speakers and the workshops. It’s not just the option to make a spiritual journey … or go on a retreat … or to join an institute to learn in-depth about areas of vital interest to you.
It’s the people.
From the moment you enter the St. Louis Union Station Hotel and join us, you’ll start to feel at home with strangers. Imagine that. Each unknown face will be an opportunity to expand personally, socially, spiritually. (Talk about a voyage of discovery. There is nothing in this world like creating community face-to-face. You learn a lot about each person you meet. You learn more about yourself.)
Many attendees talk about entering a sacred and nourishing space at the conference – a place of potential, of great comfort, of profound discovery. This is what it means to practice curiosity … to be a spiritual explorer … to accept difference and inter-connection in one breath.
Welcome to the Spiritual Directors International Public Square - a community where all people are invited to enter with their spiritual traditions intact (or no spiritual tradition). Where hospitality is the rule not the exception.
Might there be surprises at this conference? Naturally. Mystery and grace are nothing if not spontaneous.
Will there be challenges? Of course. We do not learn if we live in a bubble of sameness.
In a world that often despairs over differences, we will stand together in St. Louis to celebrate them, to show that all people deserve spiritual freedom ...”
We are overjoyed to announce our two keynote speakers for the 2018 Seeking Connection Conference.
Mirabai Starr is a leader in the interspirituality movement. She’s perhaps best known for her translations of Christian mystics such as Santa Teresa de Ávila, St. John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich. She also draws deeply on the traditions of her Jewish heritage, Sufi Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Author of the award-winning God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, she will focus on the “divine feminine” in her new book, due out in 2018.
Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei has been called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal. A Zen priest, maverick spiritual teacher and social activist, she is the founder of Center for Transformative Change. Rev. angel has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace. (Editor’s note: The capitalization in Rev. angel’s name reflects her own usage.)
On September 15, the SDI Coordinating Council was in St. Louis meeting residents and holding an annual retreat when the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley was announced. (Stockley was on trial in the fatal shooting of African-American Anthony Lamar Smith following a high-speed chase.) Several days of peaceful protests as well as some violence followed, together with more than 100 arrests. The SDI Council released a statement of solidarity with the people of St. Louis on the 15th. Read it here. http://www.sdiworld.org/blog/presence-healing
To understand why SDI chose to hold its conference in St. Louis, please read this part of our new conference website, called “Why St. Louis?” https://www.sdievents.org/why-st-louis. And please ponder this quote from Maya Angelou, who herself grew up in the city.
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